Online approach to putting Miri’s hidden gems on world map

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 02 Jan 2018

Miri city seahorse mascots with Lee (third from right) at the New Year countdown event.

MIRI: The Sarawak government is seeking the help of youth groups, bloggers, social media influencers and regular internet users to highlight the hidden natural “gems” of the northern Sarawak region to the whole world.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said these cyberspace groups could play a very important role in promoting northern Sarawak.

“Make use of your social media skills and promote tourism for Sarawak.

“We need to have a stronger presence online to reach the global audience.

“There are many natural wonders in interior Miri and other parts of northern Sarawak that are still largely unknown to the outside world,” he said in a speech delivered by state Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin at the Visit Miri 2018 launch here.

He added that these hidden natural treasures could be highlighted in videos and posted online.

“This is a chance for our youths, bloggers, online chat groups and social media practitioners to show their creative ability.

“Create exciting films and videos of our beautiful places and people and blast them online all over YouTube, QQ and WeChat.

“YouTube reaches a big portion of the Western world while QQ and WeChat are top platforms in China,” he said.

Abang Johari said interior Miri has places found nowhere else such as the largest cave in the world in Mulu National Park, the oldest human civilisation in this region in the Niah Caves, the unique Lambir and Logan Bunut National Parks and many fascinating undersea reefs.

“Yet, there are still many tourists locally and abroad who do not know about these natural wonders.

“Let us start by getting photos of these places online so they will start getting attention,” he added.

Abang Johari said tourism is a key sector for northern Sarawak and the whole state.

At the New Year countdown, the city council unveiled its tourism mascots which were in the form of a seahorse.

Tens of thousands showed up at the Marina central park on New Year’s Eve to welcome 2018.

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